Liquid win regional derby against Evil Geniuses to secure playoff appearance

Liquid won a three-map series against North American rivals Evil Geniuses to make it to the playoffs and will play the Group B upper bracket final against G2 for a semi-final berth.

Liquid booked a ticket to the playoffs by beating Evil Geniuses in the IEM Katowice Group B upper bracket sem-final. The North American derby was a heated one because of the regional rivalry between the two top sides, but also because Chet "ImAPet" Singh hyped his team up before the match by saying they were favorites.

A perfect execution by Liquid on Overpass kicked off the match, and equally effective play gave Nick "nitr0" Cannella and company a 6-0 lead on the T-side. Doubles by Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov and Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte put a stop to Liquid’s transgressions and the balances tipped in favor of Evil Geniuses late in the half as they won six out of the last nine rounds in the half to bring it back to 6-9 before switching sides.

An incredible triple by Jake "Stewie2K" Yip with two more frags by Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken in an A defense in pistol round put Liquid on double digits, propelling them to win their map pick amply as Evil Geniuses only managed to win one round before faltering 7-16.

Liquid will play G2 for a spot in the semi-finals

Evil Geniuses took the lead on the attack on Nuke, but failing to defend a 3vs4 on B in the first gun round they let Liquid get into the match and take a 4-3 lead early on. With Keith "NAF" Markovic leading the way on defense he and his squad started to run away with it as EG could only pick up stray rounds. Up 9-4 Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski won a 1vs1 against CeRq to hit double digits before Twistzz and Stewie2K won a 2vs2 afterplant situation to make it 11-4.

The pace changed when Evil Geniuses got on the CT side. After winning the pistol round they followed it up with an anti-eco before going on to win against Liquid’s first buy. EG quickly found themselves one round behind, 10-11, before Liquid could tally their first round of the half with a play towards the lower site. They tried to replicate but to no avail, and Evil Geniuses once again went back to winning ways.

Liquid kept running against a wall in lower as the map settled at 12-12 before finding a solution to hitting the B site to keep their lead. A double in the vent ladder by CeRq, hitting two no-scopes, stopped Liquid from hitting match point and tied it up once again at 14-14. Tarik "tarik" Celik took three down on ramp to usher Evil Geniuses onto match point, but EG were unable to close the map out as it went into overtime.

Evil Geniuses dominated the first round of overtime, shifting gears and taking the three CT rounds before shutting Liquid out on the attacking side to make it 4-0 in the overtime and 19-15 in the map.

EG ran out of fuel on the attacking side of Inferno

Evil Geniuses won a B retake in the first round of Inferno, but Liquid turned it around on the forcebuy and took an early lead by round three. CeRq was at the helm in EG’s early comeback as they retook the lead, 4-3. They were unable to keep the momentum going as Liquid managed to win the half on the offense, 9-6.

Liquid sandwiched Evil Geniuses in the second pistol round as the Terrorists walked into a four-way crossfire in mid to win it. nitr0 and company lost the third round with SMGs but once parity was established as far as weaponry goes it was Liquid who set the pace on the defense to close the map and series out, 16-10.

Matchpage
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1
26th February 2020
16
Overpass
7
15
Nuke
19
16
Inferno
10
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 72 - 45 +27 93.3 1.36
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 55 - 51 +4 77.9 1.08
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 52 - 46 +6 75.9 1.08
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 56 - 54 +2 67.2 1.08
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 50 - 52 -2 64.6 1.06
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 57 - 61 -4 79.9 1.04
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 54 - 54 0 71.7 0.98
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 50 - 59 -9 69.2 0.92
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 44 - 57 -13 69.0 0.88
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 43 - 54 -11 58.7 0.83
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
922
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
United States Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1263
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
985
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1261
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1174
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
IMAPET: "I THINK ALL THE CARDS ARE IN OUR FAVOR THIS TIME, LIQUID SHOULD WATCH OUT"
2020-02-26 23:15
Axaxaxaxx
2020-02-26 23:15
Imagine EG being in top10 lmao
2020-02-26 23:18
#20
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North America ProudNAfan 
LIQUID KATOWICE WINNERS Ez top 1 for the start of the next liquid era
2020-02-26 23:21
ez
2020-02-26 23:16
#5
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France Aresys 
lel rekt
2020-02-26 23:16
HAHAHAHA
2020-02-26 23:16
xd
2020-02-26 23:16
So true hahahah 🖤
2020-02-26 23:19
RIP
2020-02-26 23:26
#30
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United States LakeXL 
+1
2020-02-26 23:31
#42
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Japan corn_virus 
BREHZE: "I THINK ANY TEAM WE PLAY HERE WILL PROBABLY HAVE A HARD TIME BEATING US"
2020-02-27 00:09
Axaxxaxaxaxaxaxaxa i like these people, running their big mouths before the game and then get absolutely destroyed by the opponent
2020-02-27 01:08
It's called confidence. Nothing bad about it. Win and lose happen but u must not lose confidence.
2020-02-27 05:39
Dude there's a difference between being confident and being overconfident and before any tournament starts EG players or their coach will quote something like they're strong and the other teams have to watch out and in the end they get rekt
2020-02-27 08:58
They dont quote anything. Hltv makes it seem like it. Hold ur horses man being prideful in competitive scene only helps u. And they dont care about haters like u so u r just waiting ur time laughing on someone who's probably never gonna know ur existence lmao.
2020-02-27 13:36
Well Twistzz happened
2020-02-27 05:38
Wooow
2020-02-26 23:16
EG KEKW
2020-02-26 23:16
#9
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North America noahB_ 
twistzz the magician
2020-02-26 23:16
cool
2020-02-26 23:17
Ez BIG #1
2020-02-26 23:17
#12
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Tunisia Gon12 
HE'S BACK
2020-02-26 23:17
#13
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United States MeggieSimpson 
true
2020-02-26 23:18
#14
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Netherlands SpiceNut 
They tried so hard, but in the end it didn't even matter
2020-02-26 23:18
#29
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Finland Smoonah 
They had to fall, to lose it all
2020-02-26 23:30
#62
gla1ve | 
Europe catre 
U missed some word of lyric, dont u ?
2020-02-27 02:48
#77
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Netherlands SpiceNut 
I'm well aware, but that part wasn't too essential in this case imo :)
2020-02-27 07:03
#75
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United States America! 
AND GOT SO FAAAR IN THE END IT DOESN'T EVEN MAATTTERR
2020-02-27 06:29
Ppl sayin EG era?? 😂😂😂 tarik is and will be shit?? Cmon already
2020-02-26 23:18
Tarik major mvp though.
2020-02-27 05:40
Elige destroyed them
2020-02-26 23:19
Check the stats again
2020-02-27 00:05
He mistyped Twistzz
2020-02-27 05:41
ImApet "Liquid should watch out" .... yeah sure bro, good night lmao . gg Liquid lets go for the trophy !
2020-02-26 23:19
ImAPet XAXAXAXAXA
2020-02-26 23:23
I really hope either G2, Liquid, or Navi win this event.
2020-02-26 23:25
#47
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Germany Die3Lustigen4 
+1
2020-02-27 00:26
#67
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Canada herocoolzzz 
+1
2020-02-27 04:26
+1 or Faze
2020-02-27 05:42
+1 yeah cant believe I forgot them tbh
2020-02-27 17:59
expected
2020-02-26 23:26
#26
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Finland Smoonah 
ExcusesGalore
2020-02-26 23:29
ImApet looks like he's gonna cry xaxaxaxaxaxxa
2020-02-26 23:29
#31
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United States jay_320 
Dude NRG get re-branded as EG go off in New York and that Star Series and have just been bad since. I'm starting to think the Stan effect might be real. I mean I think Liquid is a better team anyway but EG's trio aren't exactly slouches. You can't really knock a team for losing to Liquid but they got shit canned out of Inferno and Overpass. Best of luck to them going forward. They're not out but Liquid prolly gonna win the tournament anyway. This is one of the few IEM trophies they have yet to lift.
2020-02-26 23:35
I highly doubt that Liquid will win the tournament. Astralis are - as usual- the clear favorites and G2 and fnatic looked at least as good as TL. However, EG is going nowhere like this
2020-02-26 23:42
#34
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United States jay_320 
G2 and Fnatic don't look as good as TL. Besides TL doesn't scare against teams like G2 or Fnatic anyway. They blow teams like that out of the water typically. Astralis are the favorites though this I will grant you and they stay rent free inside TL's heads. But still I'd like to see them win. Maybe some nice European team like Fnatic or G2 could step up and beat them and give Liquid a nice ez finals.
2020-02-26 23:46
I would like to see Liquid win as well and see them playing like they did when they one the IGS just because they are imo much more entertaining to watch than Astralis. However, watching G2 playing like they are doing recently is even more fun for me. KennyS, hunter and JaCkz are really crisp ATM. Let's see how it goes. Just hoping it wont be a boring Astralis Run again
2020-02-26 23:52
#38
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United States jay_320 
Yeah. And I'm fucking around when I talk about G2 and Fnatic. They do look good. But there's also some truth to the point that TL play like gods against most teams and then act like little bitches when they go up against Astralis. I'm really hoping that dynamic changes in 2020. If it doesn't Adren has got to go.
2020-02-26 23:55
#43
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Sweden quacke 
Don't discount FaZe and NaVi either. NaVi seem to get better from game to game, and FaZe have that potential to turn a map around against all odds and win. I'd love to see Liquid win almost as much as any EU team, but regardless of who does win in the end it's safe to say we're in for one hell of a playoff. Almost every team has a good shot at making the final, and quite a few of them even winning. Fnatic looked weaker than usual but have been improving from map to map, their ultimate test will be Astralis up next. Astralis themselves seem to have had a rough start to the year (by their godly standards) but they will obviously put up a good fight. Liquid seem to have ironed out a lot of problems and seem on top of things. NaVi have massively impressed me so far this year, and Perfecto seems to have slotted into there perfectly. G2 are looking like challengers to break into the top 5 very soon. FaZe have also been on a massive up lately and all players finally seem to have found their place; broky had the exact same stats as ZywOo after two maps today when they faced Vitality, and was top fragging. Likely the final two places will be filled by mouz and EG, unless mouz chokes or 100T have finally figured out how to beat EG. A lot of things went wrong for mouz today but a lot of things also went right, I think them losing was just down to G2 being a bit too good at the moment. All 5 members (save for possibly karrigan, but IGL is excused) was playing in top form individually it felt like, and G2 simply outmaneuvered them. EG as well, obviously they lost pretty bad in the end against Liquid, but taking a map away from them still is impressive, and if they face teams like G2 and FaZe in the finals they have a good shot at the semifinal at least. Nevertheless the rest of this tournament is going to be an absolute blast to follow. I'd hardly ever been this inspired to play CS.
2020-02-27 00:10
#46
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United States jay_320 
Well remember this is essentially MSI if we were playing LoL. I know we don't give tournaments like Katowice and Cologne major status (unless of course they are majors) but the way they play out they oftentimes are better then the actual majors. What I'm getting at I suppose is I'm not surprised that a lot of these teams look extremely prepared at this event. It's great to see.
2020-02-27 00:26
#78
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Sweden quacke 
Absolutely, so stoked!
2020-02-27 07:29
#90
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Germany Die3Lustigen4 
I don't wanna get too hyped up, but it's a good sign that Stewie and nitro are hitting shots. In the recent months of their struggle both of them were kind of nowhere. Also Twistzz has not been bad but way below his ceiling. Those three showing strengh while NAF and ELIGE beeing consistently good could mean they are coming back to form. But then again: It was against EG and their puggy style. Might look differently against other, more tactical opponents. I just hope they do not have to play against Astralis in this tournament, since it might kill their new confidence.
2020-02-27 11:05
#84
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France LeDiplomate 
You are strongly underestimating G2, they obviously looked better than TL since the start of the year. They didn't do a mistake against underdog teams (100T and OG) and beat mouz who are still in the form of their lives, which they will show by obliterating MAD Lions and EG. On the other hand, TL has shown weaknesses against FaZe and even fckn mibr at Blast. And sorry to tell you the truth but it's not a big achievement to beat EG nowadays, they are barely top 10.
2020-02-27 08:56
The Stan effect IS real! I've been trying to tell everyone it's real for ages. The pattern doesn't lie
2020-02-27 00:32
#53
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United States jay_320 
I actually feel kind of bad for Brehze, Ethan and Cerq. Because you know Tarik was the driver behind the Daps decision. And I'm not saying Daps didn't have to go. He probably did. I don't think you can have a .9 rating guy in a top 5 team even if he is an IGL. But Stanislaw is looking neither tactical nor particularly lethal which is supposed to be his combination as a player. Again I hope for Brehze and Ethan's sake this team can course correct but if I was EG management I'd keep both Tarik and Stan on tight leashes assuming they go out of this tournament in the quarters (which is current assumption on my part).
2020-02-27 00:37
I agree. Stan was supposed to be the one to give them extra stride to make the finals in the majority of events because that's what they were missing with Daps, but it just hasn't happened apart from their 2 tournament wins. I honestly don't think kicking Daps was the right play. Seeing him now on Gen.G it's clear he's worked on his aim individually. I remember in an interview he talked about how NRG's playstyle was sort of using him as a sacrificial lamb for information. He went from a .9 to a 1.02 so he's clearly put some work in. If NRG had just tried to adapt a new style of play where Daps played a bigger role in the team, they could have overcame that hump they faced every time. On another note, Tarik should learn sooner or later that every time he brings Stan in, it doesn't work out long term and Stan ends up either fucking them over by leaving for another team or the team disbands.
2020-02-27 02:33
#61
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United States jay_320 
Yeah I don't know. I want to believe at his age and with the things he actually does do really well that Daps will be able to put up just below average numbers instead of awful but I'll need more then one tournament. Same goes for Autimatic and Som truth be told. But Gen.G is an entirely different story. Still two pretty exciting orgs to come into NA CSGO specifically though.
2020-02-27 02:48
#83
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France LeDiplomate 
So you seriously think 100T or mouz won't beat EG?
2020-02-27 08:51
+1
2020-02-27 12:44
stan effect? eg would be nowhere without him
2020-02-27 03:38
brehze and imapet malding LMFAO shouldve been 2-0 tho
2020-02-26 23:36
Twistzz poppin off
2020-02-26 23:49
#39
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United States jsxanatos 
i didnt get to watch much but i remember elige struggling early and he still had the 2nd highest score on the team
2020-02-26 23:57
#48
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United States jay_320 
Elige is baby jesus's gift to NA CS.
2020-02-27 00:27
#51
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United States jsxanatos 
indeed
2020-02-27 00:29
+1
2020-02-27 00:58
+1
2020-02-27 05:46
#44
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Poland WojtexPL 
najs
2020-02-27 00:13
#45
SpawN | 
Brazil Moya 
Regional derby is Corinthians vs. Palmeiras (without mundial).
2020-02-27 00:15
#50
Twistzz | 
Russia mcs#  
ez for TwistZZ
2020-02-27 00:28
#56
ropz | 
Brazil wololo10 
Twistzz using his smurfing account
2020-02-27 00:57
NA CS OMEGALUL. Oh no wait...
2020-02-27 02:51
dont worry, EG will make it from low bracket
2020-02-27 03:40
not too hard for them. group A is a lot stronger than group B though
2020-02-27 04:13
i arent think that
2020-02-27 08:20
Twistzz blasting the competition
2020-02-27 06:53
KennyS robbed top20 2019 confirmed
2020-02-27 07:59
#88
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Lebanon ryBBah 
There must be a grand finals rematch between them,they're the best teams in this tournament, and it would be completely stupid to have another team placing 2nd vs Liquid. #Let'sGoLiquid #NACS>EUCS #TwistzzTop1Player #EligeTop2Player
2020-02-27 10:02
#89
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France MarcoXY 
????????? Are u fuck u
2020-02-27 10:35
rare to see BOT2K going +
2020-02-27 15:27
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